Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Marine Sgt. Jonathan W. Lambert

28, of Newsite, Mississippi.
Lambert died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, as a result of injuries he suffered when his HMMWV rolled over on May 26 in Iraq. He was assigned to the Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on June 1, 2003.

My cousin Jonathan was a 28 year old artist and skateboarder who was on his way home to his wife Betty, and his daughter, Kinsey Jade. Kinsey turned two the day after he died. Jonathan was a former Eagle Scout, and dreamed of being in the Marines after listening to his uncle's stories of serving for his country in Vietnam.

Jonathan wrote home two weeks before he died telling how he planned to return home to Mississippi so Kinsey would be raised near her grandparents and her family. He was a special cousin to me, and he will be greatly missed.

Maria Johnson

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"Sgt. Lambert your sacrifice will never be forgotten. I pray for the protection and guidance the Lord may give to your family who love you and miss you. Thank you for your service."
Keith Lambert of Waterford, Va

"Daddy I miss you so much! I want you to come home! I know you wouldn't want me crying, but it's hard not to. I know you're gone, that's what kills me inside. Everyone tells me I act like you. I want you! You died a day before my second birthday, I miss you more and more everyday. I only know you from pictures! I want to hug you! I was your baby girl, I was the reason you smiled. I heard when you were on your way back that you were going to help raise me. It just breaks my heart, I know you'll never see me graduate, get married, or you'll never see your grandchildren. Daddy, I miss you so much. I still sleep with Linsey, she just gives me hope that you are near me❤️ I love you daddy, I'll see you in Heaven.
~you're baby girl, Kinsey Jade"
Kinsey Jade Lambert of Rienzi, Mississippi

"Sgt. Lambert,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"I served with Sgt Lambert at 2D AABN Bravo Company. We did many cax's and field ops together he will always be remembered God Bless you Brother SEMPER FI"
GySgt Poole (RET) of Fredericksburg,VA

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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"I served with Lambert at Camp Lejeune with Bco AAV Batt..He was a Great Comm Guy and always knew his gear was squared away..Bro RIP and Semper Fi."

"To the family of Sgt Lambert,
While I did not know Sgt. Lambert very well I did get the chance to work with him. HQBN 1st Marine Division Comm. Co. will always be family to me and therefore so will Sgt. Lambert. He may be gone but he is never forgotten! His memory will live on in everyone who knew, lived and worked with him."
Alicia Rowinski-Quintero of Ohio

"January 28, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Jonathan W. Lambert:
Jonathan gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

""Johnny W"/ "Wyatt",
RIP brother, save a space in heaven for me. You were a great Marine and roommate in Oki. I will always remember your Mississippi accent and your ability to take all of our money playing pool. Mrs. Lambert, God Bless you. We will all miss Johnny and you and your family is our prayers."
Sgt. Casey Ross of Phoenix, AZ/ USA

"to the family of SGT Lambert,
I am deeply grieved for your loss. Please know that I feel your hurt, and not a day goes by that I do not remember Jonathan and think of his great service and sacrifice for America. I know it isn't much, but this is the least I can do-- on my right wrist, every day and night that I partake of this world, I wear a black metal wristband with Jonathan's name and information on it.

Please know that this nation has NOT and will NEVER ever forget the sacrifice made by Jonathan and so many others with him."
Anna Lowry of Emigrant, MT


The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
Sgt. Ross of Mississippi

"I served with Sgt Lambert when he was stationed at Camp Lejeune with 2nd AAV Battalion, Bravo Company Communications. (1997-99). I will always remember his love for the mission of the Marine Corp. May you rest in peace."
Sgt Brad Emler of Jacksonville, Florida

"Merry Christmas From Heaven

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue the climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special way

I love you all dearly
now don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year"
Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford, wife & daughter of the late Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford of Batesville, MS

"Jonathan, I miss you so much. Kinsey is growing up so much and is so much like you. I miss seeing you smile when Kinsey always did something that would make us all laugh. You were always a good brother as well as a protector. Your neice Allie also misses you so much. She likes to look at pictures and tells everyone about you and how proud she is to have you as an uncle. We are so proud of you and know that you are looking down from heaven on us."
Misty Eaton, Sister of Booneville, MS

"Jonathan, it has been nearly two years now, and I miss you more each day. I can still see you smiling and waving goodbye to me at the San Diego airport the day I flew back home after spending a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday week with you and your family in 2002. We told each other we loved the other and hugged tightly because you always gave the best bear hugs. I did not turn around again because I did not want you to see the tears rolling down my face. I see your smile, and your bright eyes each day in my memory, and in my heart. Kinsey is growing up to fast Jonathan - but she looks so much like you, and some of the things she does are just like you use to do too! Son, you will never be forgotten by your family or this Country for the ultimate sacrifice you paid to protect us from harms way. God has you now, and one of these days we will see each other again, and I will feel that great bear hug once again. My love to you, always, and Semper Fidelis Marine."
Becky Lambert, Gold Star Mother of New Site, Mississippi

"To Jonathan's Family, America will be so much less with his sacrifice. Rest in peace Brave Soldier."
Mary & Ray Dickson of Gautier, MS, USA

"Jonathan my dearest husband, We miss you so very much. Words cannot describe how much we love and miss you. There's so much of you in our beautiful daughter, kinsey. She will always know how great her daddy is. Your memory will be with us FOREVER. You are our Hero! We Love You Sgt. Lambert"
Mrs. Sgt. Jonathan W. Lambert of Booneville

"Our thoughts were with you last night as the American Legion, Post 12, in Brookhaven, memoralized the "Fallen Heroes " of Mississippi . Each one of the 18 from Mississippi were designated with a yellow mum pot plant with a flag on top. Please contact me for more information nd the program. Rep. Charles Pickering, U.S. House of Representatives was the speaker. E-Mail
W.A. Matthews of Brookhave, MS

"Jon my friend, I miss you a great deal. I remember looking at the bag your mom made of pictures of you after the Base memorial service, it brought to mind so many memories of us. As you would know I was carrying the Unit colors that day, and when they said your name I had tears in my eyes. We were both prior enlisted Marines and came back in together, and we did allot for each other. I miss how we walked around the shop as "salty Marines" as the guys called us. It has been over a year since you left us, I miss you Lambert!!
RIP my Friend!
"Your EPLRS Buddy"
Sgt (OLD MAN) Ingraham of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"To the family of SGT Lambert,

Although his time has now past, we thank you for your family's sacrifice for service and training efforts. God Bless your family. Souls do live on… Yours, SGT Lambert, will be in our memories forever."
Members of a Contract you tested with of Fort Huachuca, AZ

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Jonathan, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Sergeant Lambert, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"I will always remeber Jonathan. He was my brother-in-law. He incoreged me to join the military. And I miss him very much.He will always be in our hearts."
Mary Rinehart of Booneville MS,38829

"Thank you Jonathan Lambert, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Jonathan Lambert:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Jonathan for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Jonathan Lambert:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Jonathan, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on